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This page aims to help you remove the Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. is a web traffic rerouting program that can integrate with common web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Due to its constant page-redirects and the aggressive ads streaming generates, it is considered as a browser hijacker.

The Virus will display pop up ads and windows

You are likely to experience a number of potentially unwanted changes inside your default web browser in case that gets installed in your system. For instance, you may notice that your favorite homepage has been replaced with another one, or that the main search engine has been changed with one that constantly redirects you to predefined websites full of intrusive ads, banners, and pop-ups. On top of that, various box notifications may start popping-up on your screen out of the blue, even on websites that typically don’t show aggressive ads.

All these changes to your regular web browsing can surely cause frustration and raise some concerns, especially if you have tried more than once to reset your browser’s settings and remove or uninstall the unwanted modifications without a result. That’s why, on this page, we will focus on how to deal with this browsing disturbance quickly and effectively. Below this post, you will find a comprehensive removal guide that allows you to find and remove from your computer. Additionally, you can use the attached professional removal tool to scan your entire computer and uninstall all the unwanted browser hijacker modifications in just a few minutes.

How can a browser hijacker affect your system?

A browser hijacker is a software that is programmed to promote and advertise different products, services, other software, and websites. That’s why, from the moment you install it on your system, it will typically start to display various sponsored commercials and links that redirect you to specific web pages. In order to be more effective, the browser hijacker may take control over your main web browser by installing some ad-displaying and page-redirecting components (including a pre-defined homepage or a specific search engine) that ensure you get exposed to as many ads as possible from the very moment you start a new browsing session.

Most of the time, these modifications aren’t illegal and are imposed to support the online advertising activity that programs like typically perform. Yet, many web users consider these modifications as unwanted and assume that their web browser has been hijacked by some harmful redirect virus or malware like Ransomware or Trojans.

Fortunately, this is not the case – programs like do not represent a direct security threat and are not intended to harm a computer the way that a real virus, a Ransomware, a Trojan, or other malware are. Nevertheless, it can be extremely annoying to browse the web when a browser hijacker controls your search results and displays various sponsored pop-up messages, colorful banners, and blinking boxed on your screen. Besides, very commonly, such software may eat up a fair share of your system’s resources for its background operations. This, in turn, can lead to system lags, unresponsiveness, and even sudden crashes of programs and regular processes due to lack of free RAM and CPU. Once uninstalled, however, the browser hijacker can no longer cause issues. That’s why we recommend this course of action to everyone who wants to restore their previous browser settings and have a stable system.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Frequent redirects to random websites, changes in the browser’s homepage and search engine, intrusive ads all over the screen.
Distribution Method Torrents, free download managers, spam messages, ads and software bundles can commonly distribute Browser Hijackers.
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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

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If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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